Transforming Urban Water Initiative: from Grey to Green Shorelines

A multi-partner effort engaging the water community with re-imagining how nature-based shoreline infrastructures can address flood risk and water quality concerns while providing critical ecosystem benefits.

Adapting communities and natural landscapes for resilience and protection requires innovative, boundary-spanning approaches. Over the coming years and decades, the Bay Area faces multiple complex, interrelated, and expensive water management and infrastructure decisions motivated by the need to remove contaminants, restore natural services to aquatic ecosystems, secure potable water resources, mitigate sea level rise impacts, and replace aging infrastructure. In addition, impacts from sea level rise and extreme storms will increase the vulnerability of wastewater treatment facilities, often located directly adjacent to the shoreline.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.”

Led by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, the Transforming Shoreline Program aims at engaging partners in ongoing and potential NBS projects to provide capacity building and resources. In this page you will find all news and material from the multi-awarded Oro Loma Experimental Levee. Updates on ongoing design and funding processes for other projects in region are posted here as resources.

Heidi Nutters

Environmental Planner

Adrien Baudrimont

Environmental Planner

This project advances the following Estuary Blueprint goals and actions

Habitats and Living Resources
Water Quality and Quantity

Action 14